Sunday, July 30, 2017

1) Papua to hold the fourth Keerom Cultural Festival

2) Raja Ampat promotes culture with festival, handicraft exhibition
1) Papua to hold the fourth Keerom Cultural Festival
News Desk The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Sun, July 30, 2017 | 02:22 pm
Papua is set to hold Keerom Cultural Festival (FBK) from August 2 to 4 at the Swakarsa soccer field, Asyaman village.
Themed “Bangsa Yang Bermartabat Adalah Bangsa Berbudaya Pesona Indonesia Pesona Keerom” (A Dignified Nation is a Cultural Nation of Indonesian Charm, Keerom Charm), the festival will showcase the original culture of Papua among other attractions.
“Those who want to see the beauty of Papua and its unique culture, please come to Keerom, Papua. This event also targets the neighboring country Papua New Guinea,” said tourism ministry's archipelago marketing development deputy Esthy Reko Astuti.
Esthy added that this year is the fourth anniversary of the festival. The event will be the medium for artists, even the upcoming ones, to channel their creativity.
“Keerom regency has 19 ethnicities and tribes. It is very rich in culture thus needs to be presented on a huge-scale art event,” Esthy added.
Traditional dances that will be showcased at the event are non-sacred dances or creative dances that are still being preserved up to this day. All dance studios in the regency have been invited to participate. Celebrated Papuan singer, Edo Kondologit, will also be performing in the Kerom Cultural Festival.
The event will also showcase a dance performance from Papua New Guinea. The neighboring country will send eight cultural studios consisting of 348 participants. (asw)


2) Raja Ampat promotes culture with festival, handicraft exhibition

News Desk The Jakarta Post Jakarta | Sat, July 29, 2017 | 05:02 pm

Raja Ampat in West Papua is known as one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia. But the place also has interesting culture to offer, hence it hosts a string of attractive festivals.
The latest one is Suling Tambur Festival and Traditional Handicrafts Exhibition that run from July 28 to 30 at Waisai Torang Cinta Beach and was officially opened by West Papua governor Dominggus Mandacan.
Throughout the festival, visitors are invited to join underwater activities, such as snorkeling and diving. It also features shows like suling tambur music parade, suling tambur traditional music competition and the best marching band majorette and best costume competitions.
The handicrafts exhibition is expected to boost local economy. “These handicraft products made by the locals can be purchased and brought home as a special gift from Raja Ampat,” said Raja Ampat Tourism Agency head Yusdi Lamatenggo.
Yusdi said 24 districts in Raja Ampat were invited to take part in the festival.
The festival and exhibition marked the first time these kind of events are being held in Raja Ampat and the administration is planning to make them an annual event. (kes)

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